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Politics

Free tuition? Not the same as free college, students say

BUFFALO — They don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but ... New York public college students who would stand to gain from the nation’s most ambitious free-tuition proposal are quick to point out a sobering reality from their own meager finances: Free tuition doesn’t mean free ...

New York Assembly backs bills boosting immigrant protection

ALBANY — Members of the New York state Assembly say potential consequences of sanctuary policies to beef up protections for undocumented immigrants are worth the risk. The Assembly on Monday passed a package of proposals to prohibit authorities from questioning immigration status when ...

Young Dem starts Congress run early

Less than a month after the start of Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s second term, an opponent has formally announced his candidacy for her congressional seat. There is plenty of time for more Democrats and Republicans to decide to run. Meanwhile, the Green candidate of the last ...

Utica, a haven for refugees, is anxious in age of Trump

UTICA — It’s not unusual around Utica to see tables full of Bosnians sipping strong coffee in cafes, Muslim women in hijabs shopping at grocery stores and Somalis raised in equatorial heat heading to work in the blowing snow. An influx of thousands of refugees from around the world ...

APA staff: Approve Lake Flower Resort

RAY BROOK — State Adirondack Park Agency staff is recommending approval, with conditions, of a controversial hotel project on the shore of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake. In a draft permit and order posted to the agency’s website Thursday, APA staff called for approval of both a permit and ...

State gives Adirondack Scenic Railroad $1.5M

The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society has been awarded $1.5 million as part of a state rail investment plan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. ARPS, which operates tourist trains under the Adirondack Scenic Railroad name, was given the money “to rehabilitate passenger cars and ...

Panel agrees state land classification system needs improvement

SCHROON LAKE — Nine people who often have vastly different opinions on what’s best for the Adirondack Park gathered on a stage in Schroon Lake Thursday night and largely agreed on just one point: that the state’s land classification system is in dire need of an update. The group was ...

Village could move police to armory

SARANAC LAKE — The shuttered state armory could be the new home of the Saranac Lake Police Department. That’s one possibility that emerged when village of Saranac Lake, town of Harrietstown and Franklin County leaders met last week with state Sen. Betty Little at the Harrietstown Town ...

Judge sends snowmobile trail lawsuit to trial

A lawsuit filed against the state for cutting trees to make new snowmobile trails has been sent to trial after both the plaintiff and the state were denied summary judgments in the case this week. Protect the Adirondacks had filed the suit in 2013 over the state Department of Environmental ...

AG sues internet provider over speed claims

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications alleging the cable and internet provider failed to deliver on promised internet speeds and reliability. Charter’s subsidiary, Spectrum, was previously known as Time Warner Cable. The company ...

Sen. Schumer battered by both the right and left in his new role

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of angry liberals packed the icy sidewalk outside Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer's Brooklyn apartment. They mocked him with signs like "Grow a spine, Chuck!" and "Chuck's a chicken." And they chanted, "Filibuster everything!" Such is the bind Schumer finds himself ...

Stefanik and others react to Supreme Court nomination

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, thinks Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, “has a very impressive and distinguished background,” said Tom Flanagin, a spokesman for Stefanik. “The Senate has the role of confirming Supreme Court justices ...

N.Y. lawmakers question Cuomo economic development efforts

ALBANY — New York lawmakers from both parties criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development efforts Wednesday, pointing to lackluster results as evidence that the state wasn’t doing enough to spur job creation. Assembly and Senate members grilled Cuomo economic development chief ...

Paul Smith’s College officials on tuition proposal impacts

Paul Smith’s College has been working to turn around its enrollment decreases over the past few years, but with a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the works to cover tuition costs may make that task may be more difficult. Shannon Oborne, chief marketing officer at the college, which has ...

Indian snowshoe racers ‘devastated’ by U.S. visa denial

SARANAC LAKE — Indian snowshoers Abid Khan and Tanveer Hussain dreamed of traveling here to compete in the World Snowshoe Championships later this month. It would have been the first trip to the U.S. for the two men, who took up snowshoeing about three years ago in ...

U.S. denies visas to Indian snowshoers

SARANAC LAKE — A pair of Indian athletes who planned to travel here to compete in the World Snowshoe Championships have been denied visas, reportedly due to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau posted a Facebook ...

Stefanik opposes immigration order

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has come out against President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban immigration from seven Muslim-predominate countries. Trump’s order severely restricts immigration from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen, suspends all refugee ...

Trump picks conservative judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a fast-rising conservative judge with a writer's flair, to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, setting up a fierce fight with Democrats over a jurist who could shape America's legal landscape for decades to come. At 49, ...

Stefanik opposes Trump’s immigration order

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has come out against President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban immigration from seven Muslim-predominate countries. Trump’s order severely restricts immigration from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen, suspends ...

Saranac Lake LDC cited for not filing reports

SARANAC LAKE — State officials say the Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation has failed to file the necessary financial reports and is out of compliance with state law. The LDC, which has been leading a downtown revitalization campaign, is one of 124 delinquent authorities that ...